Appreciative Inquiry for Collaborative Solutions: 21 Strength-Based Workshops

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John Wiley & Sons, Feb 15, 2010 - Business & Economics - 177 pages
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Appreciative Inquiry for Collaborative Solutions: 21Strength-Based Workshops

Appreciative Inquiry (AI) offers consultants, change agents, andtraining professionals a powerful, life-centric approach to leadingand facilitating change. This innovative approach taps into theneed for more positive and engaging ways to advance communication,relationships and results within organizations. As a participatorymethod, it encourages all organizational members, employees andleaders alike to work side by side to envision corporate goals andshare ideas and action plans on how best to achieve them.

Appreciative Inquiry for Collaborative Solutions is apractical resource for facilitators who want to introduce positive,strength-based perspectives into their work and trainings. Thisbook provides an overview of Appreciative Inquiry's positivepsychology and strength-based change methods. It explores basicprinciples and practices, shows how to incorporate AI into existingwork, and offers practical advice for designing new trainings. Inaddition, the author provides a variety of ready-to-deliverworkshops on topics such as leadership, diversity, technology,creativity, change, innovation, learning, collaboration, coaching,and team-building. The author also suggests how to make theoutcomes of an Appreciative Inquiry session stick, and also, whatit takes to make these valuable approaches self-sustaining.

This important resource is a first in the field of AppreciativeInquiry as it provides twenty one ready-to-use workshops forfacilitators, leaders, consultants, and trainers who want toempower others in creating collaborative solutions.

"What you learn in a single book can change everything.Appreciative Inquiry for Collaborative Solutions is RobynStratton-Berkessel at her very best—helping all of us openourselves to our best selves, envision possibilities, and get intouch with our own and other's strengths. A brilliantly appliedbook—with over 21 workshops ready for prime timedelivery—helping leaders tap the revolutionary power ofappreciative inquiry or "AI" for creating value for customers,suppliers, team members, shareholders, and families. Are you readyto walk on the strengths-based side of organization development andleadership? This inspiring volume will propel you upward step bystep—it takes AI from concept to reality in an eloquent,empowering, and utterly engaging way."
David Cooperrider, Fairmount Minerals Professor atCase Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School ofManagement

"Both inspiring and highly practical, this book will be aninvaluable and no doubt well-thumbed addition to your library ofAppreciative Inquiry resources, whether you are a novice or anexperienced practitioner!"
Sue James, partner, BJ Seminars

"Ms. Stratton-Berkessel's work leaves the reader with a clearunderstanding of why Appreciative Inquiry is such a powerful changemodel. Those new to Appreciative Inquiry will marvel at her uniqueexplanation of the 'phases' of Appreciative Inquiry. Those morefamiliar with Appreciative Inquiry will enjoy her explanations andexamples."
Timothy Germany, commissioner, Federal Mediation andConciliation Service

"A practical approach grounded in personal experience...[thisbook] shows that Appreciative Inquiry is not a luxury but anecessity for organizational success."
Annalie Killian, catalyst for magic AMP, producer ofthe AMPLIFY Innovation & Thought Leadership Festival, Sydney,Australia

 

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Contents

CONTEXT SETTING
11
OVERVIEW OF APPRECIATIVE INQUIRY AND POSITIVE
23
COLLABORATIVE WORKSHOPS
47
DESIGNING YOUR OWN STRENGTHBASED WORKSHOPS
163
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Robyn Stratton-Berkessel is founder and president of L.I.T. Global (www.positivematrix.com). She has 25 years in organization design and development, executive coaching, facilitation and corporate training within Fortune 500 companies internationally. As designer and facilitator, she specializes in Appreciative Inquiry to unleash the power of participation, engagement and collaboration.

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